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West Kentucky Allied Services Accepts Flood Donations

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West Kentucky Allied Services has released the locations of drop-off sites for flood-relief donations.  They are accepting donations of nonperishable food for flood victims in the local area. Food donations can be dropped off at our office locations in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken counties. WKAS is working with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and area churches to distribute the food to those in need. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. For more information or if you know someone in need of assistance contact Tony Dowdy at 1-800-294-2731.

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Datebook: May 19 – First national park service established 100 years ago

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Parks Canada was established on May 19, 1911, as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior, becoming the world’s first national park service. Parks Canada is mandated to protect and present nationally significant natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations. The system currently manages 42 National Parks (including seven National Park Reserves), four National Marine Conservation Areas, one National Landmark, and 167 National Historic Sites. Read more about Parks Canada on their official website.

Here’s Datebook for Thursday, May 19

Saturday’s Make a Difference Recycling Day in Murray at Roy Stewart Stadium from 9 to 1. Bring paper and cardboard, eyeglasses, aluminum cans, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, clothes, plastics, tin cans, glass, used motor oil, batteries, and books. Law enforcement agencies are collecting outdated medicines.

Families and friends of Oak Grove Cemetery on Park Avenue in Paducah are invited to spruce up the grave-sites from 9 to 2 Saturday. There will be assistance in re-leveling and plumbing headstones. They need help with landscape work, filling in low spots and up-righting fallen monuments in the burial ground established in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Glema Center Youth Chorale makes its debut performance Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. It’s part of the Madisonville North Hopkins High School Choral Spring Concert, which is free to all.

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morning cram [strauss-kahn edition]

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Embattled International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned.

NPR reports he wants to devote “all his energy” to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York.

KENTUCKY~ Livingston County may may have 150 damaged homes. The Army Corps of Engineers will set up a Birds Point/New Madrid Levee Info Center. Paducah is closing roads prepping for the Lowertown Music & Arts Fest. MSU officials will vote tomorrow to accept Paducah/McCracken County’s funding agreement for their own mini-campus. Murray’s Pella will add 75 jobs. US Sen McConnell defends the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The (unofficial) loser in the GOP Secretary of State race isn’t conceding and will ask for a recanvass. Voter counts prove not many cared about Tuesday’s Primary. The Governor’s race is heating up and Beshear is launching TV ads next week.

TENNESSEE~ Contractors don’t want a deadline to finish the Clarksville Marina. Henry County buddies up with Bethel University to add financial stability to a HCMC expansion project.

ILLINOIS~ Another round of Honeywell v USW is slated for next week.

On The Road: Weihai

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Well, reporting the news of Western Kentucky, Northwest Tennessee and Southernmost Illinois is in the capable hands of WKMS News while I’m away on a Murray State sponsored trip to Wehai, China.  The round trip takes a little more than 24 hours depending on layover time.  Four Murray State colleagues and I are visiting Shandong University. We’ll be here until May 31st.  Shandong’s enrollment between two campuses is around 95,000.

We’ve spent the morning on a city tour. This town, bordering the East China Sea, has been called the most “comfortable” city in China. Weihai is more of a tourist city and, according to our friend and tour guide Isaac, doesn’t fall in line with a Chinese industrial city.  But, Wehai has clear signs of the 8 percent economic growth. (The U.S. growth rate is around 1.8 percent) It is impossible to look anywhere in the city without seeing massive cranes and gigantic buildings under construction. Much of the building going on is in the housing sector. I’ve never been one for economics, though I do frequently tune into Marketplace, it is amazing to see clear evidence of what is being reported.

As expected some of our internet freedoms that we take for granted in the U.S. have been cut off. We are without youtube, gmail, facebook, and twitter. But, the Chinese have their own versions of the latter social network sites. Just this morning while watching China Central (CC) T.V. I caught an interesting conversation about Micro Blogging.   More than 200 million Chinese folks are Micro-Blogging (tweeting). Something interesting noted in the video  is that the Chinese “tweet” can contain more information in the allotted amount of characters than us Americans because of their symbol based language.

We are set to go on a campus tour in the next few minutes. Another interesting note, students wait in line to get….. in the library. And, no, the Library isn’t small by any means, it is actually one of, if not the largest building on campus (I’ll have to confirm during the tour) Students here are just that serious about studying. They are held to a 10:30 curfew and the power/lights are turned off in their dormitories after curfew. So, no late night youtubing…wait well no late night micro-blogging I guess.

I’ll check back when I can.

Written by Chad Lampe

May 19, 2011 at 1:47 am

Posted in WKMS Abroad